A Good Death? Law and Ethics in Practice by Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

By Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

This interdisciplinary assortment offers beneficial discourse and mirrored image at the nature of an exceptional loss of life. Bringing jointly a number one pass judgement on and different criminal students, philosophers, social scientists, practitioners and fogeys who current various money owed of an excellent demise, the chapters draw from own event in addition to coverage, perform and educational analysis.

Covering issues comparable to sufferers’ rights to figure out their very own stable demise, contemplating their top pursuits while verbal exchange turns into tough and the function and duties of overall healthiness pros, the e-book outlines how moral healthcare can be completed whilst facing assisted suicide through corporations and the way finish of lifestyles providers mostly can be more suitable. it will likely be of curiosity to scholars and teachers operating the realm of clinical legislation and ethics in addition to health and wellbeing pros and policy-makers.

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37 Ibid. para. 32. 22 A Good Death? of the potential resource implications of keeping Anthony Bland alive for what the medical evidence indicated might have been many years. How far can one extrapolate, as it were, from the Court of Appeal’s analysis in relation to artificial hydration and nutrition to other forms of treatment in end of life cases? Here we enter very difficult territory. For reasons already indicated, it is suggested that it is indeed the patient, and not the doctor, who is in the best position to decide where his best interests lie and to decide what medical treatment is in his best interests, and doctors and judges must have the humility to recognize this and must not seek to impose their own views, however seemingly reasonable, on the competent patient.

Proponents of the NHBOD programme assert that the mode of dying is not altered. 56 That practices differ even within a single jurisdiction suggests that the law has yet to provide clear and appropriate guidance on an acceptable definition of death, as the following section outlines. 57 Many NHS Trusts have written guidelines based on the traditional cardiorespiratory criteria for the determination of death. This was partly in response to concerns raised by the Shipman Enquiry about the laxity of 52 Cave, R.

It may be helpful at this point to consider the patient whose life depends upon artificial ventilation or upon artificial hydration and nutrition. It might be thought that the case is simple. The techniques are fairly straightforward, and once in place do not necessarily involve ongoing medical involvement. They also address what some might think are the basic necessities of life, air, water and food, and not really medical treatment at all. But in Bland 19 the House of Lords told us that they are nonetheless to be treated, as a matter of law, as medical procedures to which the ordinary principles of medical law apply.

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